Under Gods Command

1 Timothy 1:15-17 Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners-of whom I am the worst.  But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his unlimited patience as an example for those who would believe on him and receive eternal life.  Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever.  Amen

Here Paul summarizes the Good News: Jesus came into the world to save sinners, and no sinner is beyond his saving power.  Jesus didn’t come merely to show us how to live better lives or challenge us to be better people.  He came to offer us salvation that leads to eternal life.  Have you accepted his offer?

Paul was not nearly as interested in creating an image as he was in being an example.  He did not hesitate to share his past, because he knows his failures would allow others to have hope.

Lets Bring it Home: At times we hesitate to share our past struggles with others because we are afraid it will tarnish our image.  Paul demonstrated that lowing our guard can be an important step in communicating the gospel.  People will not believe the gospel is important if they can’t see that it is crucial in your life.  How has Christ shown patience with you?  Did he stay with you when you doubted and rebelled? Did he remain faithful when you ignored his prior claim on your life?  Did he love you when you disregarded his Word and his church?  Remember that his patience is unlimited for those who love him.  Don’t be afraid to let others know what Christ has done for you.

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